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Dempsey and Cowley collide; Fisher wins Heat 2

Felix Fisher took a dramatic victory in the second heat of the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone, capitalising on a penultimate-lap collision for the lead at Brooklands.

Polesitter Jordan Dempsey (Spectrum) and Van Diemen driver Matt Cowley had been nose-to-tail and swapping positions for the whole race, but the battle ended suddenly at Brooklands as the pair came together.

Cowley appeared to be fully alongside in the braking zone for the left-hander, but contact midway round sent both cars spinning, Cowley briefly getting airborne atop Dempsey’s Spectrum.

This allowed Fisher and Luke Cooper (Swift), who had been right behind the leaders, through to first and second, with the Cliff Dempsey Racing Ray of James Clarke finishing third.

Remarkably, Dempsey’s quick recovery from his spin allowed him to hold fourth at the flag, ahead of Tom Hawkins in his Ray.

The top two in Class C were next up in sixth and seventh respectively, Derek M Daly  beating Arnaud Tsamere in an all-Van Diemen battle for class honours.

The Swift of Paul Mason was eighth ahead of Class H victor Steve Deeks, with the top ten rounded out by Neil Hunt’s Mondiale, third in Class C.

Cowley failed to finish due to suspension damage caused by the incident with Dempsey. The only other notable retirements were Sebastian Job and Tom Brown. Job failed to complete the first racing lap after spinning into the gravel at Becketts, while Brown rolled his Van Diemen after contact with Paul Mason on the penultimate lap.

Race results

Pos Class Driver Car Gap
1 Felix Fisher Ray 8 laps
2 Luke Cooper Swift +0.248
3 James Clarke Ray +1.156
4 Jordan Dempsey Spectrum +11.895
5 Tom Hawkins Ray +13.617
6 C Derek Daly Van Diemen +17.709
7 C Arnaud Tsamere Van Diemen +20.562
8 Paul Mason Swift +22.914
9 H Steve Deeks Van Diemen +27.294
10 C Neil Hunt Mondiale +28.520
11 Matthew Cowley Van Deimen +31.570
12 H Martin Friedl Merlyn +35.061
13 Andy Clark Van Diemen +35.368
14 C David Billington Van Diemen +46.079
DNF H Tom Brown Van Diemen +1 lap
DNF Sebastian Job Van Diemen
Fastest lap: Fisher, 1:02.963

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